Liberations fonts from Red Hat

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Wed May 9 22:34:35 UTC 2007


Red Hat has released Liberation fonts under the GPL+ fonts exception 
license. Liberation fonts are metric equivalent to key Microsoft fonts. 
This is a major milestone and significantly enhances the 
interoperability of documents and content under these Microsoft fonts in 

Red Hat has included third party licensed fonts in the 
extras/supplementary channel for this purpose to Red Hat Enterprise 
Linux customers before. Some end users have been building packages with 
the restricted Microsoft core fonts but these have only been only short 
term solutions. What has been provided now closes one of the significant 
usabilit gaps for the Free software world and Fedora out of the box.

The initial font sets include Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters and 
lacks hinting. The next update is planned to have hinting and support 
for other locales.

They are available now in the Fedora 7 Preview Live DVD specially 
created for the Red Hat summit. I believe the plan it to make these 
available in the Fedora repository via the regular review process. Enjoy!


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